YOUR COMMENTS ARE NEEDED TO COUNTER A MOVE TO RESCIND RULES THAT PROTECT WILDLIFE IN THE NATIONAL PARK PRESERVES OF ALASKA FROM CRUEL AND UNETHICAL HUNTING AND TRAPPING METHODS.

Background: Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke, has ordered the National Park Service to re-write its 2015 regulations that prohibited "sport" hunters from using bait to lure and kill brown and black bears; hunting wolves and coyotes during the denning season; killing black bears including mothers and cubs while in their dens; using hounds in hunting of bears, and shooting caribou while their swimming rivers. The proposed new regulation changes would allow these egregious practices on 17 million acres of National Park Preserves in Alaska.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: PLEASE SUBMIT COMMENTS, (PREFERABLY IN YOUR OWN WORDS) BY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS:

Online
Go to here     <https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=NPS-2018-0005-0001>

OR:

Mail written comments to: National Park Service, Regional Director, Alaska Regional Office, 240 West 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501.

***All submissions received must include the words 'National Park Service' or 'NPS' and must include the docket number or RIN (1024-AE38) for this rulemaking.

THE COMMENT DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO: Thursday, September 6,2018

HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:

I'm writing today to demand that the Department of Interior abandon the proposed rule (RIN 1024-AE38). The proposed rule seeks to repeal a common-sense 2015 rule that prohibited overly aggressive predator control practices on National Preserves in Alaska. The 2015 rule banned unethical and barbaric practices such as killing mother bears and cubs at their den sites; baiting brown and black bears with pastries or other human foods; killing wolves and coyotes with pups during their denning season; shooting caribou from boats or shore as they cross lakes or rivers; and using dogs to hunt bears. These practices are not permitted elsewhere in National Parks or Preserves and are not in keeping with the spirit or the language of the National Park Service’s directive to "provide for the maintenance of sound populations of, and habitat for, wildlife species of inestimable value to the citizens of Alaska and the Nation." This proposed rule would overturn an existing 2015 NPS rule that is consistent with federal law and outlaws overly aggressive predator control practices on these preserves in Alaska. This 2015 rule was supported by scientists and thousands of Americans who commented in support of protecting predators from these cruel killing practices. Keystone predators such as bears and wolves are essential in promoting healthy ecosystems.

Questions: contact jimkowalsky@yahoo.com phone: 907-488-2434

THANK YOU

Jim Kowalsky for Alaskans FOR Wildlife